Police investigating a terrorist suspect, who attempted to stab officers in Paris earlier this month before being shot dead, have arrested nine migrants in the western German town where he once lived as an asylum seeker.
Three of those arrested are thought to be living in Recklinghausen illegally and six are suspected of theft, local police said on Friday.
Police said they were able to confiscate stolen goods, tools for breaking and entering and illegal drugs.
Searches took place simultaneously at two different shelters as part of the state authorities' investigation into the knife attacker's link to the town in North Rhine-Westphalia.
He was shot dead as he attempted to storm a police building in Paris on January 7, the anniversary of a terrorist siege on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.